Manchester Learning Fast-Paced Offense Under New Head Coach James Moore
BLUE DEVILS FINISHED 2019-20 SEASON WITH A RECORD OF (10-3)
After four seasons and a region championship in 2017, the Manchester Blue Devils have hired new Head Coach James Moore. He took over a Class A Public program that finished the 2019 season in the Quarterfinals with an overall record of (10-3).
“They’ve had success, but they have not won a championship,” said Moore. “Their goal was to try to win a championship, but we’ve got to put a lot of work in. We’ve got a long road ahead of us to get there.”
Manchester’s last and only GHSA State Championship was earned in 1997 under Head Coach Greg Oglesby. This year’s team believes in Coach Moore and his new coaching staff.
“Just great coaching. They came out here telling us what we had to do,” said senior halfback and linebacker Trey Hollis. “Just been on it ever since. Nonstop.”
The Blue Devils have depth this season, including at quarterback. They’ll be led by a veteran heavy class of 16 to 17 seniors.
“We’ve got a good line and quarterbacks, running backs,” said senior offensive and defensive tackle Terin Prather. “I think we are going to do good.”
“We’ve got the same stuff from last year. Hard-hitting defense, fast-hitting offense,” said senior athlete Undrez Prather.
That’s experience Manchester will need to learn the new fast pace offense.
“High tempo, fast all the time in practice,” said Moore. “We want to go so fast in practice that when we go fast in a game it’s normal to us.”
“With Coach Moore we don’t stop,” said senior quarterback and cornerback Joe Brown. “We know it’s always on. I feel stronger, bigger and better.”
The Blue Devils new opponents will be tough in Class 5-A Public, but Manchester is ready to show that their offseason conditioning has paid off on Friday Night. COVID-19 may have delayed the GHSA football season by two weeks, but the seniors are excited to play.
“Very important. Got to come out hard this year,” said senior tailback and linebacker Waddarius Steed. “My last year.”
“Just during the COVID with everything going on, just felt great to know that we’ll be able to go out there and play,” said senior wide receiver and safety Kentavious Brown.
The Blue Devils kickoff the season on the road at Haralson County on Friday, September 4.